spatz: Charlie in silhouette facing away, looking at skyscrapers lit up by the sun, caption "Life" (Life Charlie skyscrapers title)
1. Treated myself to breakfast today, since it's my day off. A local diner with strong notes of hippie has this dish called the Paris, Texas platter (after the town), which consists of french toast and migas. Om nom nom, and there's always leftovers.

2. Went to see Maleficent finally - not a great movie by any standard, but Angelina Jolie with wings was *very* good for me. I stifled the urge to rewrite the entire narrative to make the pacing not suck. Upon checking AO3, I was happy to see that half of the fandom *also* ships Maleficent and her oddly-hot shapeshifting raven servant, and this modern magic AU was quite darling. ([ profile] arsenicjade, I think you'd like it once the series is finished - all about a couple of emotionally fucked-up people becoming friends and rescuing each other in quiet ways and falling in love. Plus, the raven shapeshifter fellow likes to feed Maleficent, because raven courtship is the best. :D)

3. ...helped my friend with her migraine? We have a standing practice session to help me learn shiatsu, but she couldn't drive today so I went over to her and tried out a few migraine techniques to help. I guess it's a positive thing that she felt better when I left, but I just don't like seeing my friends in pain.

I have to stop posting these after midnight. Maybe tomorrow-- Today! I mean today. *facepalm*
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So apparently half my flist likes Lewis, even though I have never seen any of ya'll talking about it. Adding it to the queue!

Three things for today:

1) I got a massage tonight after my shift ended. Mmmm, best employee discount ever.

2) Wrote about 700 words of a fluffy Jack/Phryne story which immediately headed into PWP territory, because Leupagus has been bewailing the lack of porn in the fandom and I was moved by her pleas. Hopefully the sex won't suck when I finish writing it; at least I'm fairly confident that the banter is up to par. :)

3) [personal profile] philomytha wrote Blessings, a Peter/Nightingale mpreg story for Rivers of London -- yes, you read that right. Mpreg is absolutely not a trope I normally enjoy, but it's [personal profile] philomytha so I dove straight in regardless. The story had me muffling my hysterical laughter on a break at work, and features a fertility goddess with a remarkably pragmatic direct approach and Nightingale being unflappable. SO GREAT.
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When [ profile] inmyriadbits gleefully abandoned me for her vacation, I sent her off with some of the fluffier end of Avengers/Captain America fandom, since she's been avoiding the angst fest in favor of Les Mis fandom. IRONIC I KNOW. But that fandom's all about the denial AUs, apparently. I don't judge, but I do try to kidnap her back into my current addiction. Because that's what sisters do, right?

Post-Winter Soldier stories

Clint Barton’s Home for Wayward Mind Wiped Assassins (gen)
In which Clint rents one of his apartments to a guy who's clearly a traumatized ex-assassin trying to go straight, but fails to connect him to Steve's missing friend Bucky. If it was any other Marvel character, this would not work, but Clint's unique mix of being a good guy and being painfully clueless at human relationships makes it perfect. It's also not cracky, as I initially thought - Bucky doesn't just show up at Clint's by coincidence, and the story deals with both of the boys' grief and trauma quietly and well - but it is funny and sweet as hell. (ETA: there's now a second chapter that is a little cliffhanger-y and abrupt? avoid as your taste desires)

Oasis (gen)
In which Bucky takes up rooftop gardening at Stark Tower. Oh my god, I need a million more stories where Bucky and Pepper make friends over being involuntarily experimented on, and choosing to create things instead of destroying them.

Bucky And Mister Rogers (gen)
Bucky accidentally becomes a surrogate brother to half the neighborhood, purely via the power of PBS. Right in my Bucky-as-protector feels, plus I know how most of ya'll feel about well-written small children.

Strike (gen)
Steve, Bucky and Sam take a break on their roadtrip to the Grand Canyon to go bowling. Any fic that takes sniper!Bucky and defies-the-laws-of-physics-regularly!Steve and applies both of them to bowling is just comic genius to start with, but it's also got a hysterically funny and perceptive Sam POV.

AUs of adorable

The Coffee Bandits of Greater Manhattan (Clint/Coulson)
I often get bored reading AUs where everyone has normal jobs, but this one has the great twist of Clint and Natasha being rogue unlicensed food truck operators in NYC, being chased by food inspector Phil Coulson, who really really believes in heroes good food. Adorable and well-written with some fun use of the background ensemble (Tony as high-tech parking mogul and coffee patron particularly kills me), and the Clint-Natasha friendship is just as important as the slash, which is important to me.

You Were Standing There (Steve/Bucky)
PTSD-suffering vet!Bucky accidentally breaks into the wrong house while drunk, and meets Steve Rogers, Natasha's seemingly-perfect neighbor. Hit right in the sweet spot of 'Bucky thinks he's worthless' and 'Steve is quietly fucked up' for me. Plus, the writing is vivid and atmospheric without being out of character for Bucky. (This annoys me a lot in the CATWS fandom, when people shovel their lyricism onto a character who's traumatized and has a lot of depth, but is fundamentally a practical, direct sort of person. It's that all-important distinction between 'observant sniper' and 'sounds like a hipster poet'. YMMV.)


And a couple of utterly adorable Leverage vids, since I just re-watched the series and know some of ya'll are also enjoying the whole shebang being up on Netflix now. Spoilery for the whole run of the show, FYI:

Long After You're Gone (team)
Team vid of delight and warm fuzzies, with just a touch of OT3. Some uncut diegetic sound in a couple of places -- technical issues? deliberate choice? It's annoying but minimal, anyway. And I love how it encompasses the relationships, the competence and con shenanigans, *and* the failboat dorkiness of the characters, plus a dash of meta at the end. ♥

Parachute (OT3)
OMG YES. The song is perfect (can any other show match I don't need a parachute, baby, if I've got you to so many actual clips of people jumping off things and having trust moments? I think not), plus fantastic editing, structure, and full of delight. Ugh, I love their faces, Parker/Hardison/Eliot is the best fictional threesome, hands down. I will fight you. (Don/Cosmo/Kathy from Singin' in the Rain are a close runner-up, but they're not word-of-god canon)


May. 27th, 2014 03:14 am
spatz: Peggy Carter aiming pistol (Peggy get your gun)
First there was The Steve Rogers Appreciation Society, the Bucky-Peggy friendship fic I never knew I needed, featuring the two of them bonding on the SSR shooting range in London (and over Steve and his beloved, idiot face, of course). Wry, funny, full of competence, plus a quiet look at Bucky's PTSD and how he's semi-coping. I loved it.

She also wrote a heartbreaking follow-up where Bucky goes to Peggy's nursing home post-CATWS (as you may remember, I'm a fan of that), but I couldn't get myself to re-read it because it makes me sad.


Happy New Year (war is over if you want it) is everything I wanted out of this OT3, and it was written with with delicacy and humor and awesome character voices to boot. Plus some tantalizing hints at what the sex was like, which was just so unfair to withhold, but suited the story down to the ground. ♥
spatz: miniseries Alice approaches a vial of red liquid (Alice curiosity killed the cat)
I've seen that movie meme going around:

Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

I actually did this on Tumblr first, but on reflection (and since it's no longer 3AM)(just 1AM), I have revised it thusly:

1) The Philadelphia Story
2) District B-13
3) The Shawshank Redemption
4) The Sting
5) Spider-Man 2
6) Trash Dance Aliens
7) Matilda
8) Bull Durham
9) Apollo 13 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (my go-to rent-this-for-me-when-sick movie at age 6)
10) Anastasia

Technically, if these are supposed to be formative/representative films, this should *also* include the *other* movie I watched a million times when sick as a child -- but for the life of me, I cannot remember the title. I vaguely remember that it was about a fairy who granted those "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight" wishes. She was lonely and overloaded, so she ended up recruiting a team to help her, and then there was something involving a villain who attacked their castle and took the original fairy captive and the team had to rescue her. I wish I remember what it was called, because clearly I imprinted on it with regards to someone being lonely and unloved, teams becoming found families, wish fulfillment, and h/c rescues. And groups of awesome ladies.


In other news, everything is Bucky feels and therefore everything hurts.

If you are looking for a WIP to read for your daily dose of emotional agony, check out Out of the Dead Land, written for the prompt:

Sam and Steve find the Winter Soldier and begin the process of deprogramming him. At first his progress seems to be astounding -- it's like having Bucky back again. But there's little cracks in the facade, and Steve catches on that Winter Soldier doesn't have his memories back. He's just studied up on how to be Bucky. He's memorized facts about the Howling Commandos, their old neighborhood in Brooklyn, even personal details about Steve himself, but it's not *perfect* and it's not truly *Bucky*, it's the Winter Soldier playing at being Bucky. He wants to be Bucky very badly.

SO GOOD. It's gorgeously written Bucky POV, and hitting every 'Bucky is emotionally broken but still uber-competent, yet doesn't know how to handle his Steve love' button that I have. Plus, there's a cool plot that I won't spoil, and her Natasha may be the best Natasha I've found post-movie.

The author-anon says it's two-thirds done, so you could wait, but man, sometimes I just like torturing myself in this fandom.

CA2 recs

Apr. 10th, 2014 01:27 am
spatz: Steve bent over a notebook, sketching (Steve drawing)
I posted some recs on Tumblr for [personal profile] marthawells, and realized I might want to mirror them here:

chasing things that we should run from by callicokitten
Post-movie h/c, in which Bucky is a metaphorical alley cat and Steve is patient. Sweet and very satisfying.

this is a back alley by Febricant
Long, meaty post-movie story where they find each other in Brooklyn, looking for answers. Loved the POV in this and the use of 2nd person for Bucky; loved how it’s harsh and hopeful at the same time.

Next New Message by fabrega
Hilarious, short explanation for where Clint was during the movie.

On Your Right by thingswithwings
Sweet, funny post-movie Sam/Steve, with pitch-perfect Sam POV and guest starring the rest of the Avengers.

but the fires are coming by stitchingatthecircuitboard: in which Bucky runs and stays lost for a while, until Natasha finds him.

Gravitation by Odsbodkins: Steve/Bucky growing up. Slightly jossed by the movie’s reveal that they weren’t in an orphanage, but still excellent. Warning for internalized homophobia.

How To Win Friends and Influence People by igrockspock: Maria’s job interview at Stark Industries. Funny, and then kind of awesomely wrenching, which is impressive in less than 800 words.
spatz: cartoon bunnies on stilts with caption "dramatic character-driven stories... or stilts?" (Bunnies stories or stilts?)
Yuletide reveals are up, yay! I wrote gimel for [ profile] donutsweeper, a quiet little Arrow team story about Oliver and Diggle crashing Felicity's Hanukkah celebration. Many, many thanks to [personal profile] inmyriadbits for the beta job of awesome, and to [ profile] arsenicjade for doing a last-minute Judaism-pick for me. ♥

I got three awesome stories this year, which was a new and delightful experience!!!

gifts: Lockout, B13 )

I also beta'd three fics this year, all of which were awesome.

betas: Bletchley Circle, Arrow, & Curse of Chalion )
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Some links:

I needed this comic *last* week, when I had shitty self-esteem writer's block. Oh well. Better late than never.

Kickass former-PI mom helps take down revenge-porn website owner/epic dickbag: a lot of the stories from other victims in this article are horrifying, which makes the ending particularly sweet justice, and it's a very informative read.

Some WIP recs:

Hail Mary by [ profile] galaxysoup
Mary Winchester is resurrected by a bunch of angels, and ends up on a buddy-hunter roadtrip with recently-human Castiel. GENIUS. Firstly, I never knew I needed this in my life but now I cannot believe there aren't a million Mary-gets-resurrected stories. Secondly, the story so far is hilarious and touching and wonderful, and both Mary and Cas are spot-on. Thirdly, I am enjoying the fuck out of this despite not having watching SPN since S5, though admittedly I have been spoiled in every direction. I highly recommend it.

1796 Broadway by [ profile] rainproof & [ profile] teaberryblue
Epistolary Steve/Tony fic, which starts when Steve insists that "all complaints be addressed to him in writing. On paper, the nice old-fashioned way, because the computer screen hurts his eyes" because he's annoyed at Tony. I fucking love politely-bitchy Steve, so I was sold from the start, but the story so far is full of charm and wit and lots of NYC. [ profile] rainproof writes Tony, [ profile] teaberryblue writes Steve, and they trade letters back and forth with occasional multimedia bits. I know both of the authors and have been assured that they a) have a plan and b) have written over 100 chapters in advance at this point, so my normal qualms about reading WIPs have been soothed. :) Since the story is deliberately being written as a serial, with a new chapter posted every day, I do recommend reading it that way to avoid epistolary overload.


A TV meme, in which it becomes embarrassingly clear that I have started a lot of shows that I never finished. )
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FINALLY did my Yuletide letter, embarrassingly belated. [personal profile] inmyriadbits and I have an old friend -- *very* old, we've known her since kindergarten -- staying with us temporarily, and her boyfriend and their adorable whippet. It's great seeing her, but it's sort of put a hamper on my fannish activities. I'm now three weeks behind on Person of Interest, for example - I miss you guys! - and my inbox is a little terrifying.

Some things I *have* read and enjoyed recently:

Study finds TV shows with ethnically diverse casts, writers have higher ratings
This is *fascinating*, and makes complete sense to me, but it's nice to get some hard data to support what was just a personal theory.

Fan is a Tool-Using Animal
Lovely recording of a conference presentation by the guy who runs Pinboard, talking about how the fannish migration post-Delicious completely turned his opinion of us around. He's a very sincere speaker and his retelling of the Epic GoogleDoc of Doom made me laugh, plus he has some interesting observations about fandom as a user population in general.

Something Fishy by [ profile] LiguisticJubilee: I was delighted to find last night that there are not one, but TWO sequels for this. For the uninitiated, it's a Clint/Coulson story where they first meet while Coulson is thought MIA/KIA, but has actually been turned into an octopus by the bad guy. Cracky candy, for reals, but perfectly tuned and heavily leavened with Clint feels and silly comic book science.

User Since by [ profile] rageprufrock: I expect most people have read this already, but if you haven't, DO SO IMMEDIATELY. Bring kleenex, and all your feelings about fandom and community. You will not regret it.

Rule Two by [ profile] lady_ragnell: someone finally wrote fake-dating fic for Sleepy Hollow, and it is *perfect*. Totally gen, totally in-character, and totally adorable.
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At some point soon I'm going to write up my lovely week in Chicago - [ profile] junebug_waltz, Improv Shakespeare, Vividcon, lovely fannish people, and lots of good food and heavy drinking - but I'm listening to Welcome to Night Vale at the airport and just realized that the passing reference to Earl Harlan the Scoutmaster having a past relationship with Cecil is such a fantastic stealthy dig at the Boyscouts of America's homophobic policies that I can't even.

Also, I came to the realization that I wouldn't love Welcome to Night Vale as much without the fandom. Since the radio show format is so disjointed and sometimes deeply surreal, having fandom to dig into the worldbuilding and give depth to the episodic characters is satisfying a lot of narrative needs that the show isn't. Stories like How I Survived My Summer Vacation, which is both the saga of Tamika Flynn and breathtaking ode to reading, Not Even A Week, which explains what happened to the other scientists, and The Rat and the Ruby Slippers, wherein Carlos gets kidnapped by Desert Bluffs (amnesia = always my favorite!). Then there's the ones that poke at the philosophical underpinnings of the show: jus sanguini, jus soli, about Carlos and why people come to Night Vale, or a love song for schrodinger, which might be my favorite portrayal of how science and faith can coexist that I've ever read.

(Hmmm. On reviewing my links, it seems that I --like Cecil-- really really like Carlos. Understandable, right?)

Anyway, my flight is about to board, but I'm all caught up on Welcome to Night Vale now, so people should come talk to me about it!
spatz: Reese looking at Finch with hand-drawn heart (Reese-Finch hearteyes)
Okay, what were the odds of two separate BNFs each writing 15K+ asteroid-on-a-collision-course-with-Earth fics in two completely unrelated fandoms set in New York City, all within a week of each other?

...Better or worse than the odds of an asteroid *actually* hitting Earth?

I haven't read [ profile] yahtzee63's Death Before Dusk (Elementary) yet, but [personal profile] astolat's A Really Private Person (POI) was awesome and epic as hell.
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My awesome sister [personal profile] inmyriadbits did [community profile] amplificathon this year as a newbie podficcer, and recorded some of my stories! (Obscure crossovers are worth more in the contest, and, uh, apparently I've written several. Go me?) She's really very good, and she did my stories. OMG, it was super great, I'm still not over it. ♥

She did:
habeus corpus (Avengers/28 Weeks Later)
Here (Life)
Guidance (Alias/Austin Powers)

She also recorded her own very excellent The Sincerest Form of Flattery, which is basically a love letter to Sherlock Holmes by way of a five thing fic: scenes from modern procedurals (Due South, Numb3rs, House, Castle, and Psych) that show how they've been influenced by the original.

Also from her writing, she did:
-her (gift to me) Pun in the Sun, a beautifully cracktastic Primeval/CSI:Miami crossover where Horatio gets eaten by a giant crocodile
-OTR, a sweet Sports Night story about Esther and Isaac after the stroke
-Three May Keep A Secret, a Mad Men/Man From UNCLE drabble

(Also, if you ever were curious what I sounded like: basically the same. Twins!)


Mar. 30th, 2013 01:44 am
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OMFG ignipes is writing a POI/Nikita crossover. Everyone go shower love and bribes on her to continue! (ETA: now also on AO3)

Excerpt )

For those of you in POI fandom on my flist who *don't* know Nikita, the fic totally functions as an outsider-POV story. The outsider just happens to be a sarcastic spy-assassin played by Maggie Q and her hilarious family ops team.

(also, you really should watch Nikita. It has a lot in common with POI, come to think of it: beautifully choreographed fight scenes, spysassin shenanigans, kickass fully-developed ladies, complex plot arcs, trust, betrayal, redemption, fencing, true love, miracles.... Actually, wait. There was a sword fight in that one episode. Cancel that strikethrough. Maggie Q is AMAZING.)
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Love and Marriage (POI) by [personal profile] astolat
In which Reese and Finch get married for financial reasons - except really not, as anyone might guess. I am deeply amused that they *never* actually talk about the whole 'oh hey, we're in love' thing, and yet it's super obvious. I love this show. Also, the scene in the Rose Garden *killed* me in the best way.

The Incident of the Fellow in the Fellow's Garden by azdak
Pitch-perfect crossover between the Lord Peter Wimsey novels and The Man From UNCLE in which Peter is invited to Cambridge in 1955 to investigate a suicide that might be murder, and Illya Kuryakin is the prime suspect. The author nails Peter's piffle and insight in equal measure.

Death Star was an inside job
Star Wars video parody of Loose Change, a 9/11 conspiracy video. *Hilarious*, and I'm irresistably reminded of Holmes' hobby on Elementary.

It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being 'It'
A group of friends have been playing a game of tag for 23 years. And the WSJ wrote an article on it. Yessssss, delicious comedy. An illustrative scene:
Mr. Konesky tiptoed toward Mr. Dennehy's bedroom, burst through the door and flipped on the light. A bleary-eyed Mr. Dennehy looked up as his now-wife yelled "Run, Brian!" Mr. Konesky recalls. "There was nowhere for Brian to run."
spatz: Mr Tumnus and a probe at the lamp post, from <a href="">this XKCD comic</a> (winter lamppost)
Yay, Yuletide!

I received a lovely, plotty Millenium Trilogy fic called And Stamp On The Pieces, in which Mikael is a damsel, Lisbeth copes with having people in her life, and there are a plethora of awesome ladies. And bears. :D It was long and delightful and totally worth making me late to the airport to pick up [ profile] ersatzemma. Thank you, anon! ♥

Hilariously, [ profile] inmyriadbits also got a Millenium Trilogy fic, which makes this the third year in the row that we had Yuletide fandoms in common: we both received Study in Emerald stories in 2010, we both wrote Life stories in 2011, and this year, we received from the same fandom again. (We should really work on our spread, but we're always obsessed with the same things!)

And now, some recs:
Four married couples, three childhood fandoms, two with snappy banter, and one noir fairy tale retelling. )
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An article:
Mitt Romney Is Dolores Umbridge: a 9-year-old watches the presidential debates

A rec:
Captain America is not a Republican
Because I am absolutely easy for stories in which Steve is a) devious, b) thoughtfully progressive, and c) politely kicks ass.

And a meme:
If you could remix one of my stories, which one would it be and how'd you do it?
spatz: Connor menaced by a giganotosaurus (Primeval Connor T-Rex)
There are many things I love about Primeval:
1) dinosaurs!
2) hot people with guns!
3) how it killed off a very annoying character I hated!

So naturally, I encouraged the shit out of Lindsey when she decided to combine those things by killing off *another* character I hate, Horatio Caine from CSI: Miami, in this delightful little drabble she wrote in chat for me.

If you are unfamiliar with Horatio: watch this and tell that Horatio does not deserve to die. Terrible puns! Cosmic justice via giant prehistoric lizard! Becker facepalming! ♥

Also, apparently CSI: Miami has been canceled. Her timing is impeccable.

*cackles and reads again*

ETA: 100% improved if you picture the croc spitting up those damn sunglasses afterwards, which she told me about in chat but sadly did not fit into the ficlet. Heeeee.
spatz: Steve bent over a notebook, sketching (Steve drawing)
It's no secret that Steve Rogers is my forever favorite Avenger, but my real Steve OTP is Steve/drawing. When I first fell into Avengers fandom back in 2010, that piece of canon was the first thing that really drew my attention to Captain America and made me realize that he was a hell of a lot more than Marvel's answer to Superman.

Steve was an artist before he was a warrior, and still is one - that change didn't erase who he was before, only enriched it. He's an idealist with a devious streak and a snarky sense of humor; a genuinely good person who can be impossibly stubborn and judgemental, but flexible enough to change his mind and admit he's wrong; adaptable enough to wake up in the future, having lost everyone he loved, and still build a new family and remain a hero. He believes in grand principles, but understands humanity well enough to be pragmatic about them - and that more than anything is why he can lead the Avengers, the world's most screwed-up, super-powered herd of cats.

I love him a whole lot.

And since it all started with Steve and his sketchpad, have some recs where Steve does art!

Sketches by spockside
Movie-verse, but no spoilers for the events of The Avengers, in which Steve asks the team to pose for him, individually. Lovely character work for everyone, and her Steve is the perfect mix of earnest and insightful and quietly snarky.

Luceat by [personal profile] dira
MAJOR spoilers for the movie, but also has a super awesome use of Steve's art and was generally an amazing coda.

Greyscale by [ profile] jazzypom
Despite everything that happened, his talent was still here, shifting under skin and at tips of fingers, ready to be called to service.
Comics-verse Tony/Steve UST. Steve starts sketching again after they restart the Avengers, and his artist's eye sees Tony anew. This was one of the earliest stories I read about Steve's art, and it's still lovely.

A is For Artist by [ profile] elspethdixon
Comics-verse. Adorable short about Steve and crayons, past and present.

64 Colors by [personal profile] musesfool
The focus is Darcy and crayons, this time, but Steve plays a big part, and mostly: TEAM BONDING VIA CRAYON. ♥ Movie-verse, written pre-Avengers so no spoilers.

Easel by simmysim
Comics-verse. Steve finds his old easel at a charity auction.

Scratched by garrideb
Comics-verse, established Steve/Tony. Steve talks Tony into a little graffiti for a good cause. I just about died laughing at Steve's devious methods of talking Tony around, and their comfortable banter together, and Tony using Extremis for sex-related purposes.
spatz: Tony in Iron Man suit, staring at helmet in his hands (emo Tony)
It's very weird that The Avengers is already out in the UK. But on the up side, everyone seems to love it so far that I've seen! So I'm just going to be over here, trying to finish Clint backstory fic before it's Jossed for this country too (ahaha, fat chance with the speed I write), hiding from spoilers and re-reading Steve/Tony fic.

....which reminds me, reading Secrets of a Successful Marriage reminds me of Heart of Steel for some reason, which:
a) whyyyy still a WIP, and
b) makes me want an epic dystopian AU origin story where Tony is happily working for the government making weapons and then gets kidnapped by rebels...who turn out to be led by Steve Rogers. I want it! I just don't want to *write* it.
spatz: Toph friend-punching Zuko (Avatar Zuko-Toph affection)
Hey, all you people who have finished grad school: what would have cheered you up/helped you be less stressed around your thesis due date? I'm trying to put together a care package for an friend of mine.


I'm feeling a bit old-fashioned today (let's blame having to mail a letter and getting a package of books), so let's have some old-fashioned recs:

Two Sleepy People by [ profile] icepixie (Thin Man movies)
A fanvid for Nick & Nora from the Thin Man movies. If you like them, run don't walk because it's a delightful, sweet celebration of how goofily in love they are with each other. If you don't know who they are: OMG, go watch because they are adorable, and then you can go watch the movies, where they are adorable *and* have amazing banter. William Powell and Myrna Loy's ridiculous faces are not to be missed.

A Partial Dictionary Of The 21st Century by [personal profile] sam_storyteller (Avengers)
I admit, I've been on a Clint/Coulson kick lately, and they are my temporary favorites, but only until I read something like this and remember why Steve Rogers is my forever favorite in this fandom. The story's eventually Steve/Tony, but it's mostly an incredible exploration of how Steve views the new world he finds himself in, how he adapts in some ways and creates his own rituals and areas of comfort in others, and how his friendships develop with the team, with some awesome attention to historical changes and the details of culture shock. AND STEEEVE.

Sand Trap by [ profile] xparrot (Man From UNCLE)
"Injured and pursued by THRUSH, Illya and Napoleon must survive a trek through the Sahara to get vital information to U.N.C.L.E. in time." Classic h/c action-adventure, AND HOW. If you cannot appreciate Illya being a stubborn, crazy badass and Napoleon being equally insane and loyal, I don't think we can be friends.

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